Day in history for February 27, 2003

1853 -- 150 years ago
The party held at the city hall last Friday eve, by the ladies of the Second Presbyterian Church, was well attended and everything passed off in fine style. We hear that the proceeds were about $115.

1878 -- 125 years ago
Commodore W.F. Davidson of the Northern Line Packet Co., Capt. Shethar, superintendent of the Line, and Capts. Abe Hutchinson and A. Lamont were scheduled to confer soon with Rock Island businessmen in regard to river freight rates.

1903 -- 100 years ago
The enlarged wing of St. Anthony's Hospital was completed.

1928 -- 75 years ago
A city amateur boxing tournament will be held at the Rock Island Armory starting March 15 under auspices of the Gibberman Bros. Athletic Club.

1953 -- 50 years ago
The Bituminous Casualty Corporation and the Bituminous Fire and Marine Insurance Company, Rock Island, announced the appointment of E.J. Barlow, 1301 2nd Ave., Rock Island, as manager, and Carl East as safety engineer of the companies' new branch office in New Orleans.

1978 -- 25 years ago
Late bus arrivals and a hectic bus schedule prompted the purchase of a 16-passenger van by the Carbon Cliff-Barstow board of education. The present van will continue to be used, in order to meet the demands of a heavy schedule. Six to eight parents attended the meeting to learn the board's solution to the late pickup of children and late class arrivals.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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